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Interest rate caps needed to rein in loan sharks

Date of Release: 
Thursday, May 8, 2014

Without interest rate caps imposed on them, loan sharks will still bite, FIRST Union says.

Pay rates a part of the solution for truck driver shortage

Date of Release: 
Thursday, May 8, 2014

The drivers’ union is supporting moves for enhanced training and development for truck drivers, but says that in some cases poor pay rates remain a problem.

A CoOL Policy

Date of Release: 
Thursday, May 8, 2014

FIRST Union has congratulated Labour MP, Damien O’Connor, for introducing an amendment to the Food Bill that would see New Zealand introducing Country of Origin Labelling (CoOL) for all food sold in New Zealand.

Drivers getting raw deal from big oil and logistics players in the North

Date of Release: 
Friday, May 2, 2014

Despite their already low pay, a group of Northland petroleum tanker drivers are getting little recognition of the value of their work, and in some cases may even be pressured to work in breach of land transport rules.

Toll Petroleum drivers’ strike threatens Northland fuel supply

Date of Release: 
Thursday, May 1, 2014

Northland BP and GAS customers can expect disruptions to fuel supplies as workers at Toll Carriers in Whangarei have today started an indefinite strike in an attempt to secure better pay and conditions.

Huge surge in ANZ profits prompts calls for better working conditions

Date of Release: 
Thursday, May 1, 2014

A huge surge in profits at New Zealand's biggest bank has prompted calls for a decent wage increase and less stressful working conditions for the staff who helped generate this revenue.

One year on: progress made to prevent another Rana Plaza tragedy

Date of Release: 
Thursday, April 24, 2014

An official from one of the two global union bodies that negotiated the Bangladesh Accord on Fire and Building Safety, currently visiting New Zealand, says that the Accord continues to make big steps forward to ensure that no such tragedy happens again.

Families before commerce at Easter

Date of Release: 
Friday, April 18, 2014

The retail workers’ union has hit back at critics of New Zealand's modest Easter trading restrictions.

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